So, before you start to worry, Anthology IS staying on the 200 block of State Street. But earlier this year, we started thinking about celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we also started looking ahead to the next 10 years. It started innocently enough with my plans to repaint the store and deal with all those nail holes that have appeared over the course of 10 years. It moved to maybe removing some cabinets, and then to maybe seeing if our landlord would clean out the basement and find us a little more square footage. And then in the process of thinking about bargaining chips for those asks, it turned into touring several different downtown properties and a feeling a little like Goldilocks. We ended up staying on the 200 block of State Street but will be moving down the block into the former Fanny Garver Gallery space.
With the basement, it is about triple the square footage, but segmented in such a way that I still think there will be some coziness. Some of the other spaces that we toured were cavernous! We'll be moving in September and planning a grand opening for October 5th (Fall Gallery Night). Though mostly we're just thinking right now about packing boxes and picking out paint chips. We did get in today to install some windows for the summer. Sachi's in charge of the two little windows on Johnson Street and I think they will be fun art installations for her. Her first window is based on West Side Story: "something's coming, something good." She hand painted the balconies and fire escapes so you'll have to make sure to stop by and check them out.
Meanwhile I went with lots of green for growth. I had lots of fun cutting out shapes of leaves and even using up some scraps of green painted paper that have been sitting around for a while. I ended up using a credit card and painted the backdrop of the sign. So fun - I have to do that more often!
Which brought me back to 10 years ago when we used to set baby Lily in the window.
Can hardly imagine what the next 10 years will hold!